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says action is needed. "ere's the store in "usa today -- and the headline of the "washington times" -- mayor michael bloomberg of new york was on meet the press yesterday. here's his perspective on whether the congress and the president should act. [video clip] >> if you stop people who have psychiatric problems, who have criminal records, substance abuse problems, if you stop every one of them from buying a gun, i cannot promise this articular event would not have taken place, but this particular event is just one of a series that happens again and again. a big chunk of those would have [indiscernible]. it's like saying there's no reason to have speed limits. if congress were to act, if congress were not so afraid of the nra, if they were to stand up and do what's right for the american public, we would all be a lot better off. host: mayor michael bloomberg yesterday. our question for you is whether gun laws should change? the wall street journal as the deadline-- -- headline -- now allison from trenton on our independent line. caller: 1 question to be answered is whether or not a
. we will talk about the actions of the teachers. we will get into discussion about gun-control. that always seems to come up after situations like this. we would like for you to get involved in the conversation. the numbers are on the screen. we want to hear from teachers and people who work in the classrooms, principals and vice principals, people connected with education to find your thoughts on what happened yesterday. the actions of the teachers. how safe are in america's schools and america's schoolchildren. this is how the story is being played this morning on the front page of the "new york daily news." this is the way it is being reported this morning in "the wall street journal." the president talked about the shootings at the elementary school calling it a hate crime and vowing to press for meaningful actions to prevent more incidents. our first call for the morning comes from new york on the line for independence. a teacher. good morning. caller: good morning. yes, i was a substitute teacher actually up an east strasbourg it. i can tell you that the respect a
of our economy calls for action bold and swift. we will react to lay a new foundation for growth. electrical grids that bind us together. we will restore science to its rightful place and raise health care quality and lower cost. we will harness the sun and the wind to run our factories and will transform our schools and colleges to meet the demands of a new age. all of this we can do. all of this we will do. there are some who question the scale of our ambitions to suggest our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. their memories are short. they have forgotten what this country has already done. what it free men and women can achieve when imagination joins a common purpose. host: his inaugural address from january 2009. the question is, as the president moves to a second term, what is your number one priority? the number one agenda item you think he needs to address? danny is joining us from west virginia on the democrats' line. caller: good morning. the first issue and the core of all of our problems is the free trade we have been engaging in for the last 20 years. if you l
congressional action. our guest will be david ingram, a justice department correspondent for reuters. ♪ host: money and guns continued to dominate the conversation here in washington this holiday season, and we will focus on both of those issues this morning. yesterday, press conferences on the fiscal cliff negotiations. >> republicans continue to work to avoid the fiscal cliff. $1.30 trillion in revenues, $850 billion in spending reductions fails to meet the test that the president promised the american people as a balanced approach. i hope the president will get serious about working with us on a balanced approach. tomorrow, the house will pass legislation to make permanent tax relief for nearly every american. 99.81% of the american people. the president can call on senate democrats to pass that bill, or he can be responsible for the largest tax increase in american history. host: joining us by phone is susan ferrechio, chief congressional correspondent for the "washington examiner." if 51-second press conference. guest: there have been press occurrences in the past where the speaker has
has not been able to get any kind of action from the republicans. he believes there is a negotiation in which he has been the only person willing to put forward any kind of compromise and the house republicans have not been able or willing to do. the vote john boehner schedule and had to cancel is evidence of that in the present cost mind -- in the president's mind. we have part of what speaker boehner said. "the comments today are ironic as a recurrent theme was his unwillingness to stand up to anything in his own party. from the republican side of the aisle and speaker boehner, where are things at the moment? guest: the speaker had been hoping there would be a larger deal. the president was ready to move forward on in the time they had in front of them. this was in vision at one point to be the grand bargain which would incorporate in atomic reform and all sorts of budget cuts. changes to the tax rates. unemployment benefit changes. going all the way through to the debt ceiling being raised as part of it as well. that was not something that was ever really where things were headed
in this. i agree with that. the preferred action is to reach an agreement sooner rather than later. get auch better for us to good agreement that is durable. host: john in missouri, democratic caller. caller: good morning. health care costs, my wife and i live on a combined social security income of 14 cows and dollars per year. that is combined. if we are still making mortgage payments on our house. -- $14,000 combined. about a year ago i went into the hospital for an angioplasty, sent by my general practitioner. i spent 23 hours in the hospital. the total bill was $29,000. i never even saw the doctor to get the angioplasty. thewe don't get -- government pays for health care, but the private sector is the one driving up the bill. we need to do something about the private sector in the medical field. get 100,000 people to send you their bills from the hospital and make these people justify these outrageous costs they are charging the government. guest: the cost is unbelievable. anybody who states that the hospital, you not only get that bill, but then you get a bill for the stay in the
of the assault weapons ban? gabrielle giffords was nearly killed. guest: the last time we took serious action was after the virginia tech shooting. there was concern about access to guns and people with mental illness that should not be able to buy weapons. there were loopholes and there was more we could do. a lot of this is done state-by- state. you could have more or fewer protections. make sure those that cannot handle a weapon would not give them. it has been a lack of action on democrats and republicans. host: why is that? guest: the nra said we have the right to bear arms. there have been comments that encourage more americans to carry guns. we need to stand up and refutes that. one thing this terrible tragedy has done is to make sure that we are safe and our children are safe and also those who have not stood up. it is time to stand up. we need to do something to make sure that we do not let dangers guns into the hands of criminals or those who are mentally ill. host: is that your message to read stay democrats? -- red- state democrats? guest: let's do something. we would make -- we w
if the market tumbles even further, that could prompt some action by congress. this is from "the new york times." there was a sharper than expected dip. host: back to your calls. fred from miami, democrat's line as the fiscal cliff talks head down to the wire. caller: good morning, sir, and good morning to everybody. i do not think --is going to work for the less fortunate. by doing so, i think it will be more pronounced, the line between rich and for. you are the beneficiary of the system and do not care about the program. the social program -- [indiscernible] i have time. everybody has to come to an argument -- if we love america, we have to make sure everybody is [indiscernible] in the system where everybody has the certain well-being. i think this is a time -- host: fred from miami. some editorials from "the washington post." "avoid the cliff." host: added to oil from "the washington post. -- an editorial from "the washington post." this from one of our viewers. one other editorial, this from "the wall street journal." "america's boomtown." host: jay from florida on the independent line. ca
regarding their voting records and actions in regard to, say, equity in education and access to health care and fiar pay. and i actually have to say i link the fairness and focus on just this in regard to domestic issues and international issues. i do not apply those values just to u.s. citizens but to apply the same desires for fairness and justice with regard to our foreign policy, u.s. foreign- policy. i do find that my religious upbringing does -- is interwoven in however prison as. host: rich from tennessee. independent caller. caller: merry christmas, greta. host: good morning, merry christmas. caller: i echo the last caller. i would say my politics changed from republican to it independent. i voted the constitution party the last presidential election. but i found that most people who are serious voters do consider moral beliefs, our laws are based on morality. whether the source is a religion or their own sense of morality which they probably borrowed from other religions, how can you not consider morality and believes when you are voting? otherwise, you are simply pushing a lever b
of action to take. it is very sad. host: would you do to improve this situation? more government funding for facilities? more outpatient help? caller tell all of the above. it is so important, there are so many people whose lives are fragmented by mental illness. it is a very sad situation, having worked in the field for many, many years. it should be obvious, to be kinder to people, for one thing. to be able to identify people who are at risk of becoming ill. host: do you see resources for families? is there a good place to go to get help? caller: certainly to their physicians, but oftentimes that is not enough. people cannot -- people can be almost frightened by the prospect of anyone in their family or in society being truly l and frustrated. host: this piece chronicles the shootings that happened in 2012, lead to -- leaving at least 88 dead. the tragedy in connecticut is described as indescribable. 16 of the mass shootings this year, including one in georgia at a korean health spa back in february. it goes through other incidents. jackson, tenn., at a nightclub. a high school in rura
and affirmative action -- there are key votes coming up in terms of voting rights as well as admission to colleges and universities. i think chief roberts acted in such a way to protect the best interest of the corporate i don't think you'll ever hear that said publicly but i think he felt that if the court had a divided liberal conservative vote against the health care plan that had been initiated by this president and passed by congress with or without the votes, it would have made the court into a more political institution given the background of bush vs. gore in 2000 and the subsequent highly politicized both. i think he was looking out for the best interests of the court and taxation is a legitimate way to do but i was surprised that it came from a chief justice of the united states. host: baltimore maryland, go ahead. caller: merry christmas, mr. williams. i disagree highly with fox news' portrayal of the news. i find it to be highly biased and not balanced budget, that aside, there has to be someplace for those people that think like that to express their opinion. i come on the other hand,
drastic action needs to be taken. it should be at least as burdensome for the gun owner as it is for a car owner. registration, insurance, testing, everything -- handguns are a big problem, too. i think it is so bad that the president should do some kind of executive order and put a moratorium on military rifles, at least, because around here in western north carolina, there are gun shops and people waiting for four hours to get to this ar-15. they say they will not take it out of the box, the majority of them. they will either have it as an investment or have it grandfathered in. this is like undetectable poison. 300 million guns that have proliferated the whole country. we have plenty of guns and a source needs to be stopped and drastic measures need to be taken. i hope it is not bitter. host: thanks for the call. from facebook -- from twitter -- dale is joining us on the democrats' line from albuquerque -- caller: good morning, i hope america thinks about the nuclear arms race. someone said the only way to stop a bad person is to have a good person with an assault weapon. no matter how
of the effects, if we do go off the fiscal cliff, if congress takes no action. this is the chart from the new york times of what will happen immediately and in the next couple months. in terms of the immediate tax increases, the payroll tax rise of 62% from four 0.2% and workers first $113,000 of income. capital gains, qualified dividend's, and estate and gift taxes are subject to higher taxes. higher earners face new taxes under the health care law. within the next couple glock -- a couple of months, the bush era tax cuts that have been debated over -- the bush-era tax cuts on income expire december 31, workers will not fill the impact until the treasury releases new withholding instructions. alternative minimum tax -- the charred talks about spending cuts, immediate and in the future. and it refers, payments to medicare providers would fall by 27% if there is no action. extended unemployment benefits expire for about 2 million people on january 1. to be the $110 billion in automatic domestic and military spending cuts known as the sequester. in the next couple months, the march 27, a six mo
from his office. right now that process has not happened. as for for action today in the senate, it's not going to be anything where they reached the fiscal cliff. but there's not enough agreement to have the rank and file members do anything. it is still at the top level leadership discussions. the senate is going to try to finish work on a sandy disaster aid supplemental bill which they have been trying to get done for weeks. they are hoping to finish that today and also trying to work on a foreign intelligence surveillance act authorization extension. there's enough on the floor to keep them busy. the question is whether they will have something to vote on may be on christmas eve. on sunday joe lieberman indicated we would all be working new year's eve. we will see that happens. host: merideth shiner, thanks for your time. we appreciate the update on the fiscal cliff. here is "politico" -- a lot of similar headlines in other publications this morning. we want to hear from business owners on the fiscal cliff and if it is affecting your plans for 2013. you can see the numbers on th
its annual fixed to the alternative minimum tax for this year, yet. if no action is taken, a lot of people probably have not even heard of the alternative minimum tax, a tax that normally affects 4 million taxpayers would insnare more than 30 million taxpayers. and really complicate the tax filing system that begins in january. host: explain what the alternative minimum tax is and why it was put in place? ye, now, all of a sudden more people might be subjected to it than previously? guest: it is basically a parallel tax system alongside the regular individual income tax. it was initially designed to make sure that a small group of high income taxpayers were paying some minimum rate of tax. because of its nature and explicitly because it has not been indexed for inflation it would affect more and more taxpayers down the income ladder. the major -- the alternative minimum tax disallows certain deductions and exemptions. most notably, exemptions for persons and their dependents and the deduction for state and local taxes. those are the real reasons why people find themselves on the
dialogue. it is about what actions work. i think both parties have gotten us in this predicament. i think what we have to do is understand it is going to take them to stop the bickering and find a way to get this issue off the table and show leadership. you found that mitch mcconnell, the senate minority leader, has criticized john boehner. john boehner should not be concerned about losing his job. he should be concerned about doing his job. his job is that of the american people. i do not want to get caught up in the sound bites. at least bring some kind of leverage, some kind of balance to this crisis. host: "in new york times" this morning -- guest: what does he have to negotiate? there are three options. you could allow the tax cuts to expire december 31. you can cancel some or all of the tax increases and spending. that would accelerate a dive back into a great recession or depression. in the first quarter, we would have very little difficulty in distinguishing ourselves from the crisis that is in gulf and europe and especially greece. the other thing we could do is come to a midline
of the sacrament, which is the religious blessings. host: when it comes to the core's actions, should they keep it on the state level and make a decision that affects the states or should it be a larger issue when it comes to discussion about gay marriage across the united states? caller: says all popular elections that have ever been held have opposed the sanctioning of gay marriage, i think the court should at respect the will of the people. personally, i think it should be up to religious leaders to decide whether or not the sacrament is something they and their god are willing to grant to an individual couple. host: on the democrats' line from minnesota. caller: i would like to say i do not think the supreme court should be involved. since they are, i think they should realize and really think about what they are doing to the religion. there are going to cause a lot of problems. if we believe in the bible -- this is not my personal -- this is the bible. it says a whole country was destroyed of what they are trying to put together right now. they should call it not a marriage, but a union of
and the actions and behavior that has been prevalent over the last couple of years? >> absolutely. those things. remember how we have r.-ratings on music and movies? little children should not be playing these video games or watching the movie like that and i remember when dirty harry came out of the, i wanted to get a big gun. that was an influence on my own psyche about watching a fabts and fable show. and we are influenced by what we see, hear, and do. and just like some of the music puts women in a low position and degrades women, that kind of garbage needs to stop, because some people live what they hear and see. host: robert, the n.r.a. crawls from its hiding hole and they finish out the editorial by saying people like lapierre want us to believe that civilians can be trained to use lethal force in moments of fear and crisis that, requires a willful ignorance about the facts. police officers know firing a weapon is a huge risk, that's why they avoid doing it. in new york city police officers opened fire an man and killed him and wounded nine people, a police officer called the weapon used
past with the speaker is calling a stalemate? caller: the people need to look at their actions, not what people are saying. these obstructionists' have locked down congress for years now. they are just continuing to do it. they refuse to admit to obama has a mandate to tax these rich people. just the other day the corporate income is up to 1175 trillion dollars. these corporations are sitting on this money. they sat on it all through the election to make obama look bad. i know that sounds like a conspiracy theory, but you have to look at what people are doing, not what they say they are doing. host: all right. let's move on to linda from tallahassee, florida. caller: i have been very disappointed in the republicans myself, and i have been a republican for a long time. this pastime i could not even vote republican because i was so aggravated in what i felt was misinformation from them. i am in the top 5% of american wealth. we owed nobody -- we have no bills. we know plenty of baker's. we felt these people were taking advantage -- would you are in the banking business, it is a p
action, there is an abrupt increase in tax on the 2012 taxable year. in 2011, approximately 4 million people paid the amt. if there is not a patch, 30 million people will be required to pay the amt in 2012, and they will pay an additional $90 billion in tax. very few of them have any idea this is on the table. host: is the irs prepared? guest: the irs is fairly unusual, but in a correct position, that congress will do the responsible thing -- they took the position that congress will do the responsible thing. they assumed congress will enact a package before the end of the year, and i think that was the reasonable thing to do because i believe they will do that. however, it does mean if there is not a patch of the tax return filing season next year will be quite chaotic. host: john buckley is our guest talking about the alternative minimum tax as part of the fiscal cliff negotiations, and as mr. buckley said, this index 2012 taxes, which it is impacts 0.12 tex., so if you have a -- impacts 2012 taxes, so if you have a question, call in. does the amt date back to before the 1980's? gue
: if there is further military action in syria, does that have any impact? guest: the pentagon would need funding for those things. when libya came up, the pentagon does what it is told to do and goes and fights and goes back to congress and says, "now you need to make us whole." in iraq, there were supplemental appropriations. the pentagon will do what it needs to do. it will go back to congress and say, now we need the money to make up for things we spend money on the war. host: this comes from twitter. guest: that is a tough question. i do not know. once you get up to major, lieutenant colonel, you are getting close to that number. they indoor tremendous hardships and often cannot buy a home because they are a mother around so much. there are a lot of sacrifices that goes on. host: scott in woodbridge, virginia. caller: good morning. i am a former marine and a military brat. my father retired from the navy. i have a long history of active duty. i think there is misinformation going on this morning. talk about $800 billion for the wars in the middle east. we spent double that on the stimulus pl
in the federal budget is entitlements spending. that's where the action is. that's where the money is. that's where the problem is. it is true that this portion of the budget can take some cuts. we should do it in a careful way. we should not do an indiscriminate sequestered. i agree with all that. but the budget framework, we need to take on the growing cost of medicare and medicaid and social security. those are the drivers of deficit. if we can come as part of avoiding the the fiscal cliff, put in place a framework where that's done seriously, i would be all for it. host: what about adding new stimulus money? guest: i don't think the previous stimulus was well done. i think it was too have the on government spending and not enough on reducing the tax take of the federal government, putting the money in the hands of the actual households. i'm for allowing the payroll tax deduction that occurred in 2011 and 2012, i support continuing that. if that would put money directly in the pockets of working families. that could actually help the economy. i am dubious that more spending through stimu
of a political action in the case of the manhattan project to win the war by any means as quickly as could be done. there was a large institutional support. the greatest scientist from all over the world were recruited to come to the states and work to solve a difficult set of problems. we understood the nation of -- the nature of the problem. the idea it was possible to split an atom and released huge amounts of power was widely understood. there was a race as to whether the united states or axis powers could solve the problem. it was a technological problem. we could do it. out of manhattan came a whole bunch of other technologies including nuclear energy. whether it nuclear energy could be the saving factor in providing clean energy for the world. the problem with nuclear energy wofold.o little support to have new plants built in anyone's backyard particularly since the tsunami in japan. the other problem is cost. said it cannot be competitive with natural gas. general electric is a company that builds nuclear power plants. you could make nuclear power work if you accepted as a sunk cos
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